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The Death of Innocence : The Untold Story of JonBenet's Murder and How Its Exploitation Compromised the Pursuit of Truth Hardcover – March 17, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Part memoir, part murder mystery and part diatribe, this book targets socially conservative Christians, but much of its content will undoubtedly engender sympathy in a broader audience. In response to three years of allegations that they killed their daughter, the Ramseys have written their side of the story, refuting the myriad accusations leveled against them and replacing them with their own recollections of events. These recollections paint a more than plausible picture of a family victimized at first by the horrific murder of a young child and then by a relentless media and police campaign to smear their reputations and prove their guilt. There is a whiff of narcissism in their tendency to refer to themselves in the third person; detailed descriptions of their homes, clothing and other possessions add to this impression. The Ramseys do, however, acknowledge that their wealth, now mostly gone, has protected them from the wrongful incarceration that many Americans endure. The Ramseys' attempt to set the record straight is at times tiresome, especially when they predictably complain about liberals who hate them because they are successful. But as we read their account of the hellishness of their lives since their daughter's murder, we realize that nothing about this situation has ever been fair and simply mourn that they had occasion to write this book at all. 16-page photo insert. Author appearances on 20/20, Today and Larry King Live.
Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
John Ramsey is the former president of Access Graphics, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, which grossed more than one billion dollars in sales of computer products in December 1996. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a master's in business. He was an elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Patsy Ramsey graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in journalism and marketing. In 1977, she represented West Virginia in the Miss America Pageant. She worked for McCann Erickson Advertising and Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. in Atlanta before marrying John Ramsey. She has served as a volunteer, organizing projects such as the Egleston Children's Hospital Christmas card sale, which raised nearly $100,000, and a "Good Fairy" project that raised thousands of dollars for Boulder public schools.Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
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Although a very interesting read, I can't help but feel that the Ramsey's are trying too hard to prove their innocence. I don't doubt that the police made many mistakes in this case and that the media were out to get them, but they just needed to present the facts as they knew them - not spend pages and pages trying to prove their innocence.
In the end, I started to believe them. As they state many times in the book "if a lie is told often enough and loud enough, people will start to believe it"... and I feel that's what they might be trying to do.
I'm now reading the book written by one of the detectives and it paints a very different picture, so I'm seeing things from both sides of the story. If interested in this case, it's a must.
Overall, a good read but goes on far too long.
I am a police officer. I am not a homicide detective. I am not an expert. However, considering that your daughter was killed in your home, in your presence, with your paintbrush, and the lengthy ransom note was written in your home, with your pen and your paper. Im surprised that you seem offended and feel the need to protect yourself from police inquiry when the investigation has naturally focused on you as suspect. If the suspect's motive was money, why not remove the child, live or dead, from the home, and carry on with the ransome demand? By leaving the body in the home, it was a matter of time before it would be discovered, and the motive of gain becomes a mute point. It would appear the ransome note was a rambling, ill-concieved attempt to coverup a murder. If this was done because someone hates you John Ramsey, why the note demanding a ransome they knew they would never get? Patsy...if you did do this thing, I would be cautious about invoking the name of God, because your right....He does know.
The bottom line with the Ramsey's, after all is said and done with this book, is PR (public relations) and perhaps the creation of a "boogey-man" factory in our minds. John quotes himself in the book to Patsy that "the number one priority of the attorneys and the investigators is to keep us [John and Patsy] out of jail." And here --- all this time --- I thought their number one priority was to find justice for JonBenet, to find JonBenet's killer! Couple this with the Ramsey's deep concern for what future generations of their own family will think of them, one could begin to wonder what IS at work, here? In addition, I found their suggestion of including suicide victims as suspects, particularly distasteful, if not unethical and crass. Sometime after I had decided that everyone in America (if not the world) should go to their local police department to submit voluntary samples to help solve this case, the Ramseys point their indiscriminate fingers toward yet another segment of the population ---- recent suicide victims (in these cases, their families).
Some of the charges they make against the media are fair, make no mistake about it. I would add that most people don't put a lot of trust in the tabloids, however, and sometimes not much in their local news coverages either. I also don't think that Larry King can be considered part of the tabloid establishment, yet the Ramsey's haven't really performed any better there. If they ever met with Ted Koppel, I missed it.
I do agree with the Ramsey's regarding their interpretation of the autopsy findings regarding cause of death. I do not agree with them, however, regarding their accounts of the un-likelihood of sexual abuse and incest. Incest is an issue this country has yet to face squarely and "know" squarely (which may be one reason people latched on to this case). It is my understanding (one of my college friends is a social worker specializing in the treatment of sexual abuse victims and has given me info here) that sexual abuse occurs much more frequently than any of us would ever suspect; the real numbers are hidden. It is also my understanding that fathers do not necessarily assault all of their daughters; they may only pick on one daughter. They may also assault their daughter only one time. It is also my understanding that many of these fathers are, to outsiders, upstanding citizens, perhaps even pillars of their communities, members of the neighborhood church, "pictures of perfection" --- people without any prior record, without any prior "histories". In this same vein, I disagree with the "prior sexual assault" (or lack of it) interpretation of the Ramseys with regard to the autopsy findings. I do agree with the experts that say it happened to JonBenet prior to Dec 25, 1996 as well as just prior to her death. Incest/ sexual assault of young girls is not limited to penetration but includes all violations against them, including voyeurism where no bodily contact is made whatsoever --- one would not necessarily expect to see external bruising, I would imagine, in some instances in that area. In addition, some little girls hide their "home-burdens" quite well, may even blot incestuous occurrences from their conscious memories entirely. The scenario, in this case, of the sex game gone awry seems to be a real possibility; followed by the blow to the head as part of the staging. Perhaps when JonBenet told a neighbor that "Santa was going to make a special visit to her after Christmas" she had her father in mind --- but, we all know the "Santa Claus" to whom these repetitive aspersions are so threateningly cast.
IF (and this is perhaps a big "if"), the Ramseys are indeed innocent, their attorneys have done them a big disservice by jumping into the picture and jumping in the way in which they did, virtually before JonBenet's body had even been removed from the house. One might guess that the friend-attorney suspected guilt as well. Maybe someone did enter their house prior to the Ramseys' return home that night (which would rule out the Whites, since the Ramseys were at the Whites' for dinner; and my oh my how the Ramseys portray Fleet White! and we the readers have no way of ever proving or disproving the accuracy of their portrayal!), but why would the perpetrator after using a stun gun, stop to commit his dastardly sexual deed in the basement? And who would possibly use a phrase such as "good Southern common sense of yours" in a vicious ransom hate-note? ...
For all the Ramsey's criticisms of the BPD, their own team does not seem to have narrowed the field of suspects down any after all these years, either. In fact, they have expanded the field and continue to do so. One could argue that that is their job; if not to actually SOLVE the case, then to at least attempt to create "reasonable doubt". Many questions are left unanswered; this book raises many additional questions in my mind ...
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